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The Royal Treatment: 5 American Castles to Visit in 2019

By Alexandria, Asheville, Bus Travel, Doylestown, New York, Newport, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tarrytown

As a country without a monarchy, the U.S. doesn’t offer traditional castles. Yet, many families have lived like royalty over the last two centuries by building extravagant mansions that rival their European counterparts. If you want to feel like a royal on your next getaway, these are the most beautiful castles in America you won’t want to miss.

1. Lyndhurst Castle — Tarrytown, New York

Originally built back in 1839, the Lyndhurst mansion is renowned for its Gothic Revival architecture with plenty of roofline peaks, vaulted ceilings, and decorative touches. The incredibly large home sits on 67 acres just outside of Tarrytown, NY, and while you can’t stay overnight, you do have the opportunity to rent it out for weddings and special events.

Even if wedding bells aren’t in your future, you’re still welcome to visit. The estate offers public tours of the mansion and staff quarters from May into fall. There’s also a walking tour of the gardens and an indoor bowling alley available. During summer, stick around for the jazz concerts every Thursday evening on the lawn, and in autumn, catch the many special events. There’s a Fall Crafts fair in September and the Jay Ghoul’s House of Curiosities Halloween performances in October.

2. Boldt Castle — Alexandria, New York

Boldt Castle is one of upstate New York’s most beloved landmarks — and for good reason. Located on Heart Island, the massive mansion towers over the waters of Alexandria Bay. It’s so grand that it definitely earns the title of “castle.” Yet, that shouldn’t come at any surprise once you realize it was built by millionaire Georg C. Boldt, creator of the famous Waldorf Astoria Hotel.

The facility is open from May through October for tours, but you need to take a ferry or boat tour from Alexandria, NY to access the island. On-site, you can peruse the main home and surrounding grounds as well as the numerous additional structures, like the Dove-Cote, Entry Arch, and Alster Tower. You also won’t want to miss the Power House. Inspired by medieval towers, the structure is much smaller than the main house, but it’s impressive in its own right.

3. Fonthill Castle — Doylestown, Pennsylvania

It’s hard to match the historical significance of Fonthill Castle in Doylestown, PA. It was built by the famed archeologist, Henry Chapman Mercer, who designed the home to display his significant collections of ancient artifacts. He even embedded some of his ceramics collection into the structure. Fortunately, the castle is now open to the public, offering guided tours seven days a week.

4. Biltmore Estate — Asheville, North Carolina

Built by George Washington Vanderbilt II, the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC boasts over 250 rooms. There are four floors with 35 guest bedrooms and 21 servant bedrooms; a Bachelor’s Wing with traditional smoking and billiards rooms; and a basement with an indoor swimming pool, gym, and bowling alley. Covering nearly 179,000 square feet, the home is the largest and — arguably — the most beautiful castle in America.

While you can’t stay in the castle itself, there are three lodging options on the 8,000-acre estate: the Village Hotel, the Inn, and the Cottage. There are also one-day visitor tickets available that provide access to the Biltmore House, the gardens, the on-site winery, and the various shops and eateries at the Antler Hill Village. Additionally, the estate offers live music experiences throughout the summer and special holiday festivities throughout the year, including a visit from Santa in December.

5. The Breakers — Newport, Rhode Island

When it comes to American castles, the Vanderbilt family has a legacy of building the biggest and most extravagant ones. The Breakers mansion in Newport, RI was built by George Washington Vanderbilt II’s older brother, Cornelius Vanderbilt II. The magnificent structure offers 70 rooms over three floors, a basement, and an attic — totaling over 125,000 square feet. The home and its beloved gardens are available for tours daily from June to October.

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References

http://lyndhurst.org/

http://www.boldtcastle.com/visitorinfo/

https://www.mercermuseum.org/about/fonthill-castle/

https://www.biltmore.com/

https://www.newportmansions.org/explore/the-breakers

The best cabin getaways can be found all over North America.

4 Stunning Cabin Getaways in North America

By Asheville, Blue Ridge, Branson, Bus Travel, Georgia, Massachusetts, Missouri, New England, North Carolina

North America, specifically the vast countryside of the United States, is replete with breathtaking natural wonders, including forests, waterfalls, rivers, gorges, and valleys. All these things can be experienced when you rent a cabin and plant yourself right in the heart of it all. In this post, we’ll take a look at four prime destinations for a stunning cabin getaway.

1. The Ozarks

Forget everything you’ve heard about the Ozarks, and explore this mountainous region for yourself. Specifically, experience the Ozarks by staying at Ozark Mountain Cabins located on, you guessed it, Ozark Mountain. Each cozy cabin is built with groove, pine tongue, and hand-peeled logs, and inside every cabin is a beautiful stone fireplace. Although the cabins give off a quaint and old-timey feel, they are all fully equipped with modern amenities such as a stocked kitchen, air conditioning, and ultra-soft bath towels. Every cabin has a living room, dining room, and kitchen in addition to multiple bedrooms to really give that homey, spacious feel. Other perks of each cabin include porches, porch swings, and a charcoal grill in the yard.

When you’re ready to venture out of your cabin, take a day trip to Branson, Missouri, to fit in some serious shopping at the local boutiques and craft shops. For outdoorsy activities, go spelunking at Mystics Caverns and try your hand at bass fishing on the Buffalo River.

2. Asheville, NC

Don’t let the idea of camping out deep in the forest fool you. Living it up in the woods doesn’t always equate to “roughing it.” If you’d like to experience the charm of a relaxing, outdoorsy vacation but can’t imagine yourself sleeping in a tent or a barebones cabin, look to Asheville, North Carolina, specifically Asheville Cottages. All cabins sleep four to six people and come with a modern, fully equipped kitchen stocked with treats, cola drinks, and even spices for the nights you decide to stay in and cook. Each cabin is unique in style, but they all offer luxury amenities including a plush, king-sized bed, flat-screen TVs in the master bedroom and living room, and a deck with a hot tub, grill, and patio furniture. Now that’s what we call camping! Plus, the Asheville Cottages are surrounded by world-class hiking trails and are less than 10 miles away from the artsy downtown Asheville.

3. Blue Ridge Mountains

Mountain Top Cabin Rentals in Blue Ridge, Georgia, has perfected the meaning of “go big or go home.” We’re not talking about your ordinary, run-of-the mill, no-running-water-or-electricity cabin. Mountain Top Cabin Rentals specializes is mammoth-sized luxury cabins. And we can’t decide which is more breathtaking: the size and modern architecture of the cabins themselves or the spectacular view overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. Many of the spacious cabins come with a back deck, perfect for watching the sun set over the Blue Ridge Mountains with a glass of wine in hand. Some also come with a fireplace on the deck or a fire pit with comfy outdoor chairs on the property.

Beyond enjoying the lavish serenity of your luxury cabin, activities in the Blue Ridge Mountain area include tubing on the river through the Toccoa Valley, riding the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, and sipping wine at Crane Creek Vineyards.

4. Massachusetts

Fewer regions in the United States do luxury quite like New England, namely Massachusetts. Although there are many excellent camping locations throughout the state (including on the beach and in the woods), we’re recognizing Pine Acres Family Camping Resort for expertly balancing family-friendly activities for the kids and a hint of luxury for the parents. The resort is situated next to the 70-acre Lake Dean, making it an ideal summer getaway destination for families ready to get their fill of water activities. The lake is the perfect spot for Jet Skiing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and swimming. On the campgrounds, guests can take advantage of mini-golf, bike rentals, volleyball, basketball, and other activities well suited for kids.

For accommodations, the campground gives guests the option to pitch their own tent or rent a cabin complete with flat-screen TVs, fireplaces, and spacious bedrooms. If it’s within your budget, consider planning a trip to Martha’s Vineyard and renting a gorgeous cabin right on the coast of this peaceful island. Plan a trip with a large group and book a seaside stay with Martha’s Vineyard Rentals. Various amenities and features include in-ground pools, hammocks on the porch, and, of course, immaculate views of the Atlantic Ocean.

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References

https://ozarkmountainregion.com/pages/cabins-lodgings/

https://www.ashevillecottages.com/

http://mountaintopcabinrentals.com/

https://pineacresresort.com/

http://www.marthasvineyardrentals.org/

A beautiful road opens up to a tunnel covered by lush fall trees. The perfect road trip destination for fall lovers.

5 Breathtaking Travel Destinations to Welcome the Fall Season

By Alaska, Arkansas, Asheville, Bus Travel, Camden, Conneticut, Eureka Springs, Maine, North Carolina, Torrington, Vermont, Woodstock

From beach vacations to camping trips, summer gets a lot of attention. Yet, there are many travelers who spend the entire season counting down the days until fall. If you can’t get changing leaves and crisp, cool mornings out of your head, you’re not alone. Here are the five best travel destinations for fall lovers.

1. Camden, Maine

No other region of the country quite nails gorgeous autumn foliage like New England, and Camden, ME is one of the best spots to view it. Bask in a foliage sea of vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows with a trek through Camden Hills State Park. The park spans over 5,700 acres, all of which is explorable by hiking the area’s many trails. While the observation point on Mount Battie provides exceptional views of the bay, the sweat-inducing climb up Mount Megunticook offers the most picturesque reward, as it’s the highest peak in the area.

If you prefer water views, take a boat tour from Camden Harbor along the tree-lined coast or go kayaking on Megunticook Lake, which is surrounded by woodlands. However, you don’t need to venture far from the village for spectacular autumn views. The Penobscot Bay town’s High Street Historic District offers the ideal combination of eye-catching architecture and beautiful local foliage. Finish off your village stroll with a fresh plate of seafood served alongside impeccable views at Peter Ott’s on the Water.

2. Asheville, North Carolina

Fall in Asheville, NC comes slightly later than in the northeast, but when it does arrive, it’s sure to take your breath away. Even though it’s a metropolitan area, the city is surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, which are covered in a forest. After a long, hot summer, there’s no better way to welcome in fall than immersing yourself in the Pisgah National Forest. Covering over half a million acres, the forest offers numerous opportunities for hiking, fishing, biking, and picnics. Outdoor enthusiasts also have the option to camp.

If you prefer a more tame adventure, head to The North Carolina Arboretum. The botanical garden spans 434 acres with manicured trees, gardens, and well-groomed walking and biking trails. The site also offers guided garden and trail walks weekly, as well as ArborEvenings every Thursday, which features live music, local drinks, and food. For a similar experience, tour the Biltmore Estate’s lavish iconic gardens, followed by a tasting at the on-site winery.

3. Eureka Springs, Arkansas

The Ozark Mountains’ natural beauty attracts visitors year-round. Yet, the hillsides truly come to life in late September when cooler weather arrives, making it one of the best travel destinations for fall lovers. Since Eureka Springs, AR is considered the heart of the Arkansas Ozarks, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy the changing seasons.

The steep hills throughout Eureka Springs provide fantastic views of the area, so you don’t even have to leave town to enjoy yourself. For the best visibility in town, grab a coffee at Eureka Daily Roast and take a stroll through Downtown. For a more in-depth nature experience, view the woods from above thanks to the Ozark Mountain Ziplines, or rent a kayak and head out to Lake Leatherwood City Park.

4. Woodstock, Vermont

If there’s any possible way to enhance the appearance of fall foliage, it’s achieved by adding covered wooden bridges, gently rolling hills, and historic architecture. Luckily, Woodstock, VT is home to all three. The quaint town offers a stunning landscape, which is made incredibly apparent at Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historic Park. The park offers multiple walking trails — surrounded by spectacular trees, shrubs, and flowering plants — that cross the Middle Covered Bridge and lead to the historic Carriage Barn. Tickets for the ranger-led programs are available with bundled admission to the Billings Farm and Museum.

5. Torrington, Connecticut

Fall in Torrington, CT peaks in mid-October and offers around a month of mesmerizing views. Nearby Paugnut State Forest is a must-see location, offering over 1,700 acres and various trails. For an unforgettable look at the Litchfield County countryside in fall, hike up Walnut Mountain, which is the Torrington’s highest point. If you want to take your viewing experience up a notch, book a hot air balloon ride over the county.

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References

https://www.maine.gov/cgi-bin/online/doc/parksearch/details.pl?park_id=14

https://peterotts.com/

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/nfsnc/recarea/?recid=48114

Homepage

https://www.biltmore.com/

http://eurekaspringsdowntown.com/

http://www.ziplineeurekasprings.com/

Home

https://www.nps.gov/mabi/index.htm

Billings Farm and Museum

https://www.ct.gov/deep/cwp/view.asp?a=2716&q=435626&deepNav_GID=1650

A family walks along a beach at sunset and enjoys their family friendly beach vacation.

5 Family-Friendly Beach Destinations to Visit Before School Starts

By Bus Travel, California, Corolla, Corpus Christi, Maryland, North Carolina, Ocean City, San Diego, Texas, Virgina Beach, Virginia

With the end of summer approaching, chaotic back-to-school schedules are quickly gaining steam. Yet, there’s still time to enjoy one last relaxing getaway with the kids before it all begins. If you want your family to start the new school year rejuvenated and energized, take the whole clan to one of these five family-friendly beach destinations.

1. Ocean City, Maryland

While Ocean City, MD, may only have one beach, it stretches for 10 miles and is completely open to the public. Spend your vacation lounging in the sun, building sandcastles, and taking a dip with the kids. Or, if you need more adventure, stop by one of the nearby surf shops to rent a paddleboard, surfboard, kayak, or canoe. Once the kids are worn out, head to the three-mile boardwalk to peruse the shops, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy sky-high views from atop the Ferris wheel.

Along with soaking up the sun, the city offers family-friendly activities daily during the summer months. There are beachside movies, fireworks, games, and dance parties throughout the season, and every event is free. The city also offers specially designed beach wheelchairs, along with multiple accessible access points.

2. Corolla, North Carolina

Just off the coast of North Carolina, the small village of Corolla is one of the East Coast’s hidden gems. The community rests on the remote Outer Banks, which offers virtually endless opportunities for sand, sun, and relaxation. Unlike other family-friendly beaches, the 11-mile stretch of sand at Corolla isn’t commercialized. In fact, you won’t see skyscrapers, boardwalks, or boutiques, but you will find plenty of rugged room to stretch and enjoy the beach with your family.

Aside from the mesmerizing natural beauty and quiet location, all beaches in Currituck County are dog-friendly. Additionally, if you venture to the northernmost sections of the beach, you can see wild horses. Located in what’s known as the “4WD accessible beaches,” the far north area of the beach near Carova, NC, is incredibly rugged and requires a four-wheel-drive vehicle to access. Fortunately, there are guided Jeep tours in the area that will get you up close and personal with the area’s wild Spanish Mustangs.

During your stay, make time for a few non-beach-related activities. First up, stop by the Currituck Beach Light Station. Built-in 1875, the lighthouse offers unrivaled views of the area, and they even allow guests to take on the 220-step trek to the top. Next up, hit the historic Whalehead Club for a tour of the lavish house and grounds, followed by a trip back in town for dinner at Outer Banks Boil Company and a sweet treat at Ned’s Ice Cream and Sweets.

3. Virginia Beach, Virginia

Virginia Beach is one of the most popular beach destinations in the country — for good reason. From bustling to tranquil, there are a variety of oceanfront experiences all in one city. If you’re looking for fun and excitement, the Oceanfront District is the place to go. Along with a wide stretch of sand, the lively area is home to the three-mile boardwalk, which is lined by resorts, restaurants, and boutiques. Rent a Jet Ski, enjoy live street entertainment, and conquer the whole boardwalk on rollerblades — all in a single afternoon.

For any parents wanting some peace and quiet, head to the Chesapeake Bay District. Boasting six-miles of beachfront, the area offers a laid-back atmosphere with plenty of landmarks, shops, and activities. Or, if you truly want to get away, venture south to the Sandbridge district. The area is completely removed from the hustle and bustle of Oceanfront, offering a remote, carefree vacation with virtually endless chances for outdoor exploration.

4. San Diego, California

When every family member’s idea of the perfect beach differs, San Diego, CA, is the best choice for family-friendly beaches. There are numerous beaches located throughout the metro area, and each one offers its own unique features and atmosphere. For snorkeling and swimming, head to Pacific Beach, or if the kids want to try their hand at surfing, put Imperial Beach at the top of your list. Traveling with Fido? Ocean Beach is not only pet-friendly but also doesn’t require leashes.

5. Corpus Christi, Texas

Offering direct access to the crystal-blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, an end-of-summer vacation to Corpus Christi, TX, is sure to satisfy the whole family. While there are over 100 miles of sand-lined beachfront across Corpus Christi Bay, North Beach is one of the most family-friendly sites. Along with the carefree public beach, you can visit the USS Lexington Museum and the Texas State Aquarium. The city also offers easy access to Padre Island — home to the beloved Bob Hall Pier — and Mustang Island, which is ideal for a family camping trip.

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References

https://ococean.com/explore-oc/our-beach

https://ococean.com/things-to-do/free-family-fun

https://co.currituck.nc.us/

https://www.corollawildhorses.com/

http://www.currituckbeachlight.com/

https://www.visitcurrituck.com/whalehead-club-tours-pricing/

https://www.outerbanksboilcompany.com/

https://www.vbgov.com/Pages/default.aspx

https://www.sandiego.org/

https://www.cctexas.com/

https://www.usslexington.com/

https://www.texasstateaquarium.org/

Looking for a the best city for a labor day celebration? Check out Chicago and it's beautiful lakeside views.

5 Unforgettable Labor Day Celebrations You Won’t Want to Miss

By Atlanta, Bus Travel, Charlotte, Colorado, Denver, Georgia, Illinois, New Orleans, North Carolina, Washington D.C

From barbecues to fireworks, Labor Day is one of the most celebrated events of the year. Yet, the same festivities year after year start to get boring. For that reason, many people are now utilizing the long weekend as an opportunity to take an end-of-summer getaway. If you’re ready to break away from traditional celebrations for an unforgettable experience, pick one of these five Labor Day celebration ideas.

1. Washington, D.C.

As with the Fourth of JulyWashington, D.C., knows how to celebrate a patriotic holiday. The capital city starts off the celebrations with two exciting festivals — both of which are free. The National Book Festival features over a hundred beloved authors from around the world, attracting thousands of visitors for talks and presentations every year. There are also plenty of family-friendly activities provided throughout the convention center.

Just outside of the city in Reston, VA, The Lake Anne Plaza hosts the Lake Anne Jazz and Blues Festival. The all-ages event runs from early afternoon through the evening, offering a variety of performances. There are also plenty of craft and food vendors, as well as paddle boat and kayak rentals on the lake.

2. Atlanta

In Atlanta, GA, you need to look skyward to enjoy some of the top Labor Day festivities. Beginning on Saturday and lasting through Monday, the Hot Air Balloon Festival invites huge crowds for a weekend of relaxing fun. Not only do you get to enjoy the extraordinary sight of hundreds of in-flight balloons, but you can also take a ride for yourself. The festival also offers a car show, live music, and beach games.

Heading to Atlanta is also an excellent Labor Day celebration idea for Game of Thrones fans, as the weekend marks the arrival of Dragon Con. Held Downtown, the five-day event kicks off Friday and lasts through Tuesday — the perfect excuse for an extra-long weekend getaway. Vegan travelers also have something to look forward to at the Fifth Annual Veggie Connection festival in nearby Smyrna on Saturday.

3. Charlotte, North Carolina

For outdoor enthusiasts, it’s hard to beat the wide selection of Labor Day events in Charlotte, NC. The celebrations begin on Saturday with the Bearden Birthday Bash at Romare Bearden Park. Starting at 6 p.m., the live outdoor concert features jazz and soul tunes, and it’s free to enjoy.

Spanning both Saturday and Sunday, you won’t want to miss the U.S. National Whitewater Center’s (USNWC) Labor Day Celebration. On Saturday, there are yoga classes, rock climbing, and live music. For Sunday, you’ll want to grab your running shoes for the 5K and 15K, followed by hiking, more live music, and a massive fireworks display at sunset. Along with special events, the center’s zip lines and trails are open for use.

Round out your North Carolina weekend getaway with the Charlotte Labor Day parade in Uptown, followed by a visit to the Blue Blaze Brewing Co. From noon to 9 p.m., the brewery offers drink deals, live music, and free hotdogs. There’s also a firepit jam session sure to make an impression.

4. Denver

From drinks to music, the Mile High City knows how to kick back and relax on Labor Day. A favorite of both locals and visitors, A Taste of Colorado music festival offers three days of free live music with plenty of local art and food. On Saturday, head to the suburb of Littleton for the Brews & Views beer festival at the Hudson Gardens and Events Center, followed by a fireworks display at the Elitch Gardens Theme and Water Park on Sunday Night.

For the artsy traveler, nothing can compete with Crush Walls. The urban art festival starts on Monday in the RiNo Art District and features a variety of street art. Need an excuse to extend your Denver, CO, vacation? The Denver Wine and Food Festival begins on September 4 and runs through the following Sunday.

5. Chicago

From deep-dish pizza to baseball, the Windy City is known for many things. Yet, the Chicago Jazz Festival is one of the most popular events of the entire year. Beginning on August 23 and running through September 1, the music celebration is held in beloved Millennium Park and features daily performances from both local and world-renowned artists. It’s also free to the public.

While you’re in Chicago, head by the Copernicus Center for the Taste of Polonia Festival. The four-day Polish festival starts on Friday and wraps up Labor Day, offering four live music stages alongside food and craft vendors. During your music-filled weekend, don’t forget to head to the Navy Pier on Sunday night for a brilliant fireworks display.

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Resources

https://www.loc.gov/events/2019-national-book-festival/

http://theveggieconnection.com/

http://www.dragoncon.org/

https://www.callawaygardens.com/resort-experiences/signature-events/sky-high-hot-air-balloon-festival-labor-day-weekend/

http://uptowncharlotteparks.com/romare-bearden-park/

https://usnwc.org/relax/festivals/labor-day-celebration/

http://www.blueblazebrewing.com/events/2017/8/29/labor-day-celebration

https://www.atasteofcolorado.com/

https://www.hudsongardens.org/enjoy/beer-festival/

https://www.elitchgardens.com/entertainment/fireworks/

https://crushwalls.org/

https://denverfoodandwine.com/

https://jazzinchicago.org/jazzfest/

https://topchicago.org/

https://navypier.org/explore/fireworks/